On December 1, 2016, The Squaw Valley released a statement through “sierrasun.com” regarding the quality of the drink detected in the upper mountain area of Squaw Valley. First the issue.
On November 8, the Placer County Department of Environmental Health announced that E. coli and coliform bacteria were detected in the drinking water. Since that time, Squaw Valley has been tirelessly treating the water. As of December 1, the Department of Environmental Health has tested and found that of the four wells being treated, 3 are showing low levels of coliform with no signs of E coli.
Squaw Valley informed the public regarding the water quality in the upper mountain area, with an explanation and facts as to how it happened, and what steps they followed after the discovery.
They stated that because of the unusually heavy rain that fell in October, the upgraded water system that was installed in the summer at High Camp and Gold Coast became contaminated. All indications show that this is the only system that has been affected.
During their usual routine testing of the water they detected a problem with the water. Immediately they contacted and consulted with the Environmental Health Department and the Squaw Valley Public Service District to address the issue.
Since customer safety is their top priority, their restaurants will remain closed and customers will be offered free bottled water. However, customers who come to High Camp and Gold Coast will have full access to their facilities, which includes top to bottom skiing.
Once the water quality problem is fully resolved to the satisfaction of experts and departments involved, they will update the public. Until that time, they will continue to follow the above mentioned steps to protecting their customers.